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      1. LogoNutrition & Biosciences
        The Cell Factory
        How we're building a bio-based future, one molecule at a time
        Biotechnology to Build our Modern World

        Biotechnology to Build our Modern World

        The 20th century was the age of the fossil-based economy. Petroleum overtook coal and we built factories to manufacture the things we needed to modernize our world. But today, our global dependence on petroleum for everything from fuel to plastics to everyday household goods is unsustainable.

        So we have turned to biotechnology—the use of living systems and organisms to make products—to convert renewable raw materials into the energy and products needed for society to thrive.

        How it Works:

        A traditional factory requires energy—usually in the form of fossil-based fuel such as oil or coal—to manufacture products. Single-celled microorganisms, or microbes, also need energy, such as renewable sugars from plant sources. By altering the chemical reactions that take place inside of microbes—or their metabolic pathways—we are able to program them to produce a variety of different products.

        This ability to engineer proteins and microbes, then produce them at industrial scale and economics, is the cornerstone of industrial biotechnology.

        How it Works:

        Tiny Enzymes, Big Impact

        An enzyme is a protein found in the cells of every living thing, from microbes, to plants, to people. Learn how enzymes work in nature, and how they make our work possible.

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        Biotechnology in Your Laundry Detergent: Protein Engineering

        Staff Scientist Dr. Christian Adams breaks down how protein engineering is used to engineer enzymes that help remove stains and improve the performance of your favorite laundry detergent.

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        Around the globe, our cell factories are producing results for our customers - and for our future.

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